We have finally done it - the Marine and I have joined the 21st Century at our little cabin in the woods, thanks to our new friends at the local electrical co-op. Yes folks, we have power at the flip of a switch instead of the yank and pull of a generator cord.
We can now watch the television and have the computer on - both at the same time!
We can leave a small night light on at night next to the loft stairs so we don't have to play "step on the cat's tail" in the middle of the night.
Now, instead of percolating on the propane stove for twenty minutes, I can plug in a coffee maker and be enjoying my caffeine in just under five minutes.
I can actually get dressed in the light, instead of guessing if items match in the dark (hey, no more days of mis-matched shoes at the office!)
Best of all, until we get the wood stove hooked up for the winter, we can now plug in the electric heater and stay warm in the evenings without layering on clothes til we look like Nanook of the North.
And next week - in case having power at the flip of a switch wasn't enough - we're having our well drilled, which means running water! AKA Hot showers, a washing machine for laundry, dishwasher for dishes and, in the future, a flush toilet!
And to think, this time last year, I was still living in a tent, keeping warm with a wood stove, watching DVD's on our laptop, and going through our daily checklist of inspecting the tent and tarps for leaks.
We've definitely moved up in the comfort class, but we have still managed to keep the best part of our life out here in the woods - falling asleep to the sounds of nature, marveling at the amazing display of stars at night, and treasuring the simple joy of sitting with friends around the campfire, laughing and relaxing.